Many women with shallow breasts desire to have them made fuller for a more attractive figure and better fit of clothes.
Today, thanks to modern technology, many women are able to alter the shapes of their bodies. Some with small underdeveloped breasts may choose to undergo breast augmentation: a safe, effective surgical procedure designed to improve the contour of a woman’s body by implanting specially designed materials beneath the breast or chest wall muscles.
Prior to surgery, a complete medical history is taken in order to evaluate your general health. A thorough examination of the breasts is also done to determine the most effective surgical approach. Dr. Gilmer will describe the type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results might realistically be expected as well as the possible risks and complications.
Preoperative instructions often include the elimination of certain drugs which contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding. Birth control and other estrogen containing hormones may also be discontinued temporarily for the same reason. Antibiotics designed to prevent infection may be prescribed for a few days prior to surgery.
A breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Gilmer may choose from a variety of surgical procedures, depending upon what changes are desired.
As an alternative to the conventional breast augmentation surgery of placing the implants through an incision under the breast which we do offer, Dr. Gilmer conducts what is known as a TUBA approach which is a type of breast augmentation that leaves a scar at the rim of the navel that is virtually undetectable and no scars in the breast area. This procedure is less invasive and requires less recovery time than other breast augmentation methods. And our most popular here at our offices!
Following surgery, you will wear either bandages or a special garment.
Pain connected with the procedure is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection. Instructions for the day of surgery include bed rest and limited activities. Dr. Gilmer will determine when normal activities can be resumed; however, strenuous exercises and overhead lifting must be avoided for several weeks.
Sutures are removed in about five to seven days, at which time the physician may recommend massage to keep the breast supple. Numbness around the treated area may occur, but this condition is usually temporary. Swelling and discoloration disappear in a few days, and scars from the incisions, although permanent, fade significantly with time.
Complications of infection and slow healing are rare; however, there are certain inherent risks connected with every surgical procedure which should be thoroughly discussed with Dr. Gilmer and his staff. You can minimize complications by carefully following their directions. In some cases in which the breast becomes too firm due to the formation of scar tissue, a second procedure may be necessary.
If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation, please contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Dr. Gilmer is known for being one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in this area. Just read what some of our patients have to say:
“I am very pleased with the breast augmentation I had done. I am looking forward to returning and having the Fraxel Re:pair procedure done. I would recommend Dr. Gilmer to everyone.”